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A mesoscale convective vortex (MCV) caused an increase in shear/helicity as it moved northeast through inland portions of northeast SC and southeast NC during the afternoon and evening of May 14, 2024. Despite the limited instability, several low-topped supercells were able to develop which produced 7 confirmed tornadoes across the area. 


Tornado Summaries


A narrow tornado started near River Road where a few oak trees were uprooted and snapped, along with numerous downed limbs in the area. The tornado appeared to peak in strength as it continued northeastward and reached Screwpin Road where it caused extensive shingle removal on the southwest side of a single-family residence, snapped 4 Bradford Pear trees at the front of the property, tossed one whole tree about 50-60 yards to the west of its base, and uprooted numerous oak trees with a converging pattern in a grove of trees just northwest of the property. On the adjacent property to the immediate west, a small water pump shed was destroyed and a 50-60 ft flagpole was snapped about 5 ft above the base and thrown an unknown distance.

The tornado then tracked northeastward across a farm field with a few large limbs scattered across the field and some weak but noticeable ground scouring amongst new crops from the grove of trees northeastward to a private lake. At the lake, a small boat with an attached motor was flipped within a covered dock on its southwest side and additional downed oak trees and large limbs were observed on its northeast side. The tornado may have briefly lifted as it moved across SC Highway 38 with minimal tree limb damage observed on either side of the highway before it appeared to strengthen again when moving into another property.

Additional large limbs were snapped on the southwest side of this property and an old home suffered considerable metal roof panel removal with the panels scattered northwest and west of the home. Minor metal roof damage to a few equipment shelters, a newer barn door which was pushed in enough to break it from its hinges, and several large pecan tree limbs which snapped off were observed on the northwest side of this property. Lastly, young corn crops were nearly flattened and an open two-tier wood fence was blown down and tossed to the northwest just before the tornado crossed Old Highway 38 South. The tornado dissipated just northeast of this road with no additional damage observed at Allen Ridge Road.

A short-lived tornado started along Old Baker Road south of US- 74 Alt and tracked generally northward with converging uprooted and snapped trees and minor roofing damage observed along its path. The tornado crossed US-74 Alt and ripped a street sign out of its base before ending shortly thereafter.


The tornado originated on the west side of Townsends Chapel Rd just north of Denae Drive, where it uprooted a few oak trees, caused minor shingle loss on a home, and scattered loose building debris across a field. It then tracked northeastward and uprooted additional oak trees and caused minor shingle damage to another home along Townsends Chapel Road.

The tornado crossed Buie-Philadelphus Road with several more oak and pine trees uprooted or snapped. It seems the tornado may have briefly lifted when crossing Daniel McLeod Rd and came back down near Katie Buie Road, where several oak and pine trees were uprooted or snapped. In addition, a home on Katie Buie Road sustained minor shingle damage and damage to cosmetic columns. Only minor tree damage was observed along Sandstone Drive, suggesting the tornado may have lifted again as it traveled across the road and tracked northeastward across NC-211. 

Another uprooted pine tree and large limb were found down along Luke Road northeast of its intersection with Lewis McNeill Road and only minor tree damage was observed along Mt. Tabor Road as well. The tornado appears to have strengthened while curving northwestward as several chicken coops had significant steel roof panel loss while an open-ended tractor shelter mostly collapsed at the end of Dixie Drive. The tornado dissipated north of Dixie Drive.

A short-lived tornado started near Buie-Philadelphus Road, where it snapped a large oak tree near a mobile home. The tornado then continued northeastward and snapped and uprooted several more trees, one of which leaned on a home and caused minor damage to the roof. Minor shingle damage was also observed and an RV was reported to have been nearly blown over. The tornado continued further northeastward and uprooted additional trees along its path. A corn bin and another small tree were blown over at the northern end of the property. The tornado ended just northeast of the area where the last few trees snapped and uprooted were found.

Storm survey of damage in the Marion, SC area indicated that a tornado touched down briefly on Tuesday May 14, 2024 between 6:10 PM EDT and was on the ground until 6:13 PM EDT before ending north of Luther Rogers Road.

The tornado formed near the intersection of Baker Street and Baptist Street in southeast Marion, SC. Large limbs were down across nearby roadways and minor roof damage was observed near this location. The tornado continued northeast and created some damage near Mullins Street and Withlacoochee Street. Damage here remained rated at EF-0 (approximately 70 mph). Power lines were wrapped around tree limbs and an electrical meter head had been detached from the side of the house. A large tree fell near the intersection and damaged a small fence. Additional minor roof damage to surrounding homes was observed. Large downed tree limbs were observed along McEachern Heights Street, 2nd Avenue, and in Amazing Grace Park.

The most significant damage occurred in downtown Marion along Main Street. A roof completely collapsed near the city center with limited damage to the exterior walls. Across the street, windows and window dividers were completely blown out. A wall on the second floor was pushed inward and its attached window and window seals were missing. An adjacent building lost a large portion of roof covering which fell to the street below. All debris was scattered in multiple directions.

The tornado continued toward the northeast and snapped tree tops near the intersection of Fairlee Street and Wheeler Street. Portions of roof coverings were missing from a few homes and businesses. Damage here was not as significant as on Main Street. Additional damage was not observed for one mile indicating the tornado was likely making contact with the ground intermittently. Along Luther Rogers Road, a trampoline that had previously been secured with large metal stakes was lofted into the side of a neighbors home two homes to the east. As the trampoline was lofted, it made contact with siding and solar panels of the adjacent neighbor before hitting the side and penetrating the vinyl siding of the neighbor two homes east.

The majority of the damage was rated at EF-0 and 70 mph, but significant damage downtown indicated peak intensity as described above. There was a lack of significant tree damage typically seen with tornadoes which may indicate that the tornado did not contact the ground for a long period of time. It is worth noting all buildings on Main Street that observed significant damage were two to three story masonry buildings.


A tornado touched down on the southwest corner of the intersection of Old Lumberton Rd and Red Store Rd, and was captured on video crossing Old Lumberton Rd. A few outbuildings sustained moderate damage, including a blown in garage door and partial loss of roof panels. A few shingles were torn off the residence, and several large limbs were broken out of a hardwood tree. The tornado moved northeast, blew the side off an open-faced metal garage, and ripped several shingles from a home on the east side of Red Store Rd. Several large limbs were broken from pine trees on the east side of Red Store Rd. The tornado continued northeast, uprooted a couple of large trees as it crossed Mount Olive Rd, and snapped a large pine tree and broke large limbs out as it crossed Research Dr. The tornado weakened as it approached Bill Hooks Rd, breaking out a few small limbs from trees before lifting.

Additional damage was discovered 5 miles south of Clarkton, leading to a longer path length. The tornado touched down near Coastal Farm south of Hwy 701 and broke several small limbs out of pine trees. It continued northeast causing minor damage as it tracked a few hundred yards south of Hwy 701. The damage included several large limbs down, as well as a portion of metal roofing blown off a small structure on Elkins Ln. The tornado entered swamp land after crossing Red Hill Rd, and was captured on video after emerging near Baldwin Elkins Rd. Minor damage to a few trees was noted. The tornado continued moving east-northeast and exited the forest near Highway 211. Minor damage to a few trees was noted where the tornado exited the forest, on the south side of Highway 211.


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Author: Bob Bright
Page Last Updated: May 17, 2024